UDAAN (SOAR) Spotlight on the Hindsight Project


World Premiere

Following the screening, watch a special conversation with Amman Abbasi (UDAAN), Arleen Cruz (FOOD FOR THE POOR), Dilsey Davis (NOW LET US SING), Anissa Latham (MISSING MAGIC), Zac Manuel (THIS BODY), Kiyoko McCrae (WE STAY IN THE HOUSE) moderated by AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson.

UDAAN (SOAR) follows a young Pakistani woman as she immigrates from Karachi, Pakistan, to a small town in Arkansas to begin her first year of college. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, she prepares to live in isolation with her family and to attend classes remotely. But when her mother is turned away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she must learn to navigate her new life in the U.S. alone.

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect with filmmakers and audience members, here.

Amman Abbasi is a writer/director, editor and composer. His feature film, DAYVEON, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards in 2018. Abbasi’s upcoming projects include THE QUENCH.

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Countries: USA, Pakistan

Year: 2021

Director: Amman Abbasi

Producers: Meher Jaffri, Alex Nystrom, Meher Jaffri, Alex Nystrom, Meher Jaffri

Executive Producers: Stanley Nelson, Marcia Smith, Loira Limbal

Director of Photography: Zayer Hassan

Editor: Amman Abbasi

Music: Amman Abbasi

Featuring: Baneen Khan

Running Time (minutes): 15

Languges: English, Urdu, Sindhi, Subtitled

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available